We’ll take a look at troubleshooting problems that may arise later in this post. After you remove the wing from the salt box, brush the salt or borax off of the feathers with a paintbrush. When properly preserved, these wings can make stunning accents upon your trophy wall, drawing attention to your most impressive trophies and demonstrating their own unique aesthetic. Small legs tend not to need Borax to dry; thicker legs, like those of large turkeys, may need a sprinkling of Borax over the entire leg. https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-an-anhinga-anhinga-anhinga-dries-its-wings-near-a-large-pond-in-the-37820618.html, Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) on rock drying its spread wings in the wind at sea, https://www.alamy.com/great-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo-on-rock-drying-its-spread-wings-image68379175.html, Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), drying wings, Northumberland, England, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo-drying-wings-northumberland-england-35102617.html, https://www.alamy.com/australasian-darter-drying-its-wings-at-corroboree-billabong-mary-river-wetlands-northern-territory-image211657913.html, Winter large river bird drying wings standing on piece ice, https://www.alamy.com/winter-large-river-bird-drying-wings-standing-on-piece-ice-image379418047.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-reed-cormorant-phalacrocorax-africanus-sitting-on-a-dead-tree-and-176917581.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-yellow-eyed-penguin-hoiho-megadyptes-antipodes-on-rock-drying-its-147194014.html. Wetland habitat. Copyright © 29/11/2020 Alamy Ltd. All rights reserved. https://www.alamy.com/anhinga-or-snake-bird-anhingha-anhinga-outstretched-wings-drying-in-image66425158.html. Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmaeus) drying its wings on a tree branch, Hortobagy national park, Hungary. https://www.alamy.com/anhinga-anhinga-anhinga-drying-feathers-in-a-swamp-brazos-bend-state-park-needville-texas-usa-image359852426.html, A cormorant bird sitting on branches in a river drying his wings - Australian wildlife, https://www.alamy.com/a-cormorant-bird-sitting-on-branches-in-a-river-drying-his-wings-australian-wildlife-image332724399.html, Turkey Vultures Cathartes aura drying their wings in the Pantanal in the Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-turkey-vultures-cathartes-aura-drying-their-wings-in-the-pantanal-19666713.html. For larger birds, you may need to use a razor to split the anterior (front) edge and carefully remove the bones and excess flesh (anything not skin). Beautiful focus on the subject drying its wings. Africa, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-white-backed-vulture-gyps-africanus-mikumi-national-park-southern-51834281.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-anhinga-91217675.html, A cormorant sat on a rock, drying its wings on the south coast of Arran, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-a-cormorant-sat-on-a-rock-drying-its-wings-on-the-south-coast-of-arran-32341338.html, Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus Drying wings Photographed in Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-bateleur-terathopius-ecaudatus-drying-wings-photographed-in-kgalagadi-55772284.html. UK, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-a-wild-cormorant-drying-its-wings-kent-uk-73428812.html, Crested Goshawk, Accipiter trivirgatus, drying out wings after monsoon rain, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Western Ghats, Kerala, India, https://www.alamy.com/crested-goshawk-accipiter-trivirgatus-drying-out-wings-after-monsoon-rain-thattekad-bird-sanctuary-western-ghats-kerala-india-image263834779.html, Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias drying wings in lagoon, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-great-blue-heron-ardea-herodias-drying-wings-in-lagoon-82125337.html, Cormorant drying wings Phalacrocorax niger India, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-cormorant-drying-wings-phalacrocorax-niger-india-34387941.html, Great black cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) juvenile drying its spread wings on ice of frozen pond in winter, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-great-black-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo-juvenile-drying-its-spread-78780040.html, https://www.alamy.com/australasian-darter-bird-drying-its-wings-image247789050.html, Little pied cormorant, Phalacrocorax melanoleucos, on log with fluffed up plumage, wet wings held out to dry, and beak open, in Australia, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-little-pied-cormorant-phalacrocorax-melanoleucos-on-log-with-fluffed-84738469.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-yellow-eyed-penguin-hoiho-megadyptes-antipodes-on-rock-drying-its-147194015.html. For the wings - Pull out the wing by the tip to extend it fully. Pound the nail into the wall and repeat with one or two more nails until the wing is securely mounted onto the wall. A small, freely-moving projection on the anterior edge of the wing of modern birds (and a few non-avian dinosaurs)—a bird's "thumb"—the word is Latin and means 'winglet'; it is the diminutive of ala, meaning 'wing'.Alula typically bear three to five small flight feathers, with the exact number depending on the species. Sprinkle some Borax over the feathered parts. Even though the wing may now be fully dried, the mold will remain and can cause unpleasant odors. Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) drying feathers and preening in a swamp, Brazos Bend State park, Needville, Texas, USA. Apparently the bird plunged but to miss its prey !!! Dry skin is not only itchy, but it cracks, creating an entry point for bacterial and fungal infections. That said, using borax does have a few benefits that salt does not: it kills off mold and feather lice. Next lay out your bird wing, spreading it out into the desired position. You can also try removing the wing entirely from the box, sprinkling a good layer of borax onto a flat surface, and then laying the wing upon the borax. A lot of hunters aren’t aware how easy it is to preserve the game they hunt for trophies to adorn their home. Ducks' Ait, West Molesey, Surrey, England. You will need one container per wing as there must be sufficient airflow. Replace the wing into your salt box using just borax on and below the wing. The borax will thoroughly kill the mites.